Cough With Phlegm

Cough with phlegm can occur due to certain conditions like allergies, air pollution, smoking, upper or lower respiratory tract infection, viral infection, bacterial infection, tobacco use, postnasal drip, asthma, and acid reflux. There will be a production of mucus while coughing. It is treated by taking expectorants for thinning and loosening the mucus for expelling it. Gargling with salt water and steam inhalation helps to manage it.

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Why is a sputum culture test taken?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been feeling unwell for months, coughing up thick white grey sputum with glue-like stick bubbles. My sputum lab results say I have many gram-positive cocci, few gram-negative rods, rare gram-negative cocci. I do not know what these results mean. Please guide me.  Read Full »


Dr. Bn Bhagat

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Can you please send the microbiology lab report of sputum to guide you better? Thanks.  Read Full »

Why do I have traces of blood in phlegm?

Query: Hi doctor, Before 15 days, I was driving my motorcycle when I got caught up in the rain. I get a bit soaked before I got home, and I stayed in my air-conditioned room for hours without taking off or changing clothes and getting dried. Later that night, I felt like I had tonsillitis, as my throat fe...  Read Full »


Dr. Dwipannita Kalita

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From what you have mentioned in your query, I guess your primary concern is regarding the phlegm, which you are not able to expectorate and also noticing some blood in it. The blood in your sputum is most probably due to the forceful cough reflex. You have already compl...  Read Full »

Is cough associated with gastric diseases?

Query: Hello doctor, I have cough problem for five years. I have tested for TB as well, but it was negative. Before, I used to take prescribed medicines by the doctor and get relief. But for the last five months, I have a continuous cough with vomiting, sometimes. Kindly guide me on what to do.  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The most common reason for having these symptoms could be a feature of chronic silent GERD (gastroesophageal reflux) with LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux). Even though you might be asymptomatic or never had gastric issues in between, the inflammation in the throat oft...  Read Full »

How to manage respiratory tract infections?

Query: Hi doctor, I feel like I may be having walking pneumonia or CMV or something. Aside from this, hopefully, you can view my history. I have felt ill for three years on and off. I have subcentimeter swollen and painful lymph nodes all over, but the PET scan was negative and only showed reactive nodes ...  Read Full »


Dr. N Ashok Viswanath

Infectious Diseases Specialist, Microbiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your query, and I saw all the images you have uploaded (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Do not worry. Few individuals tend to suffer from low respiratory immunity, which leads to recurrent low-grade respiratory infection manifesting ...  Read Full »

What are the reasons for constant irritation in the throat with phlegm?

Query: Hi doctor, About three months ago, I took my cat outside and met a lady. She did not maintain social distance. Since then, I have had an issue with excess phlegm and throat clearing and minor shortness of breath. The phlegm is sometimes yellow, sometimes white. I do not think it is silent reflux si...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Constant irritation in the throat with phlegm can be due to two significant reasons: 1. Allergic issues in the nose, wherein there is some irritative substance entering; thereby, the nose initially produces a sneezing reflex to remove the offending agent. Besides, the ...  Read Full »

What should I do to help my chest congestion and productive cough?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had chest congestion and coughing up sticky white phlegm for the past few months. My COVID-19 test is negative. No history of asthma. The only thing that has helped has been at first Alvesco and now Symbicort. Suppose I go off these inhalers, the phlegm increases. I take Symbicort...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. Constant irritation in the throat with productive cough can be attributed to two major reasons. Allergic issues in the nose, wherein there is some irritative substance entering thereby nose initially produces...  Read Full »

Should I go back to the doctor for my cough and wheezing?

Query: Hi doctor, I was coughing up dark yellow mucus with blood streaks. So, I went to my doctor and she prescribed Keflex. After about two days, I broke out a rash from head to toe. So, I went back and she put me on Roxithromycin and three days of Prednisolone. I am on my second day of new antibiotics an...  Read Full »


Dr. Arun R Kaushik

Microbiologist, Criticalcare Physician, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The asthmatic attack might be due to the drug allergy, which you might have had. I suggest you to get a sputum culture to identify which antibiotic suits. Also, I suggest you to take nebulization with Asthalin which will ease the breathing. My suggestion for you to be und...  Read Full »

Will I remain COVID-19 positive for the rest of my life?

Query: Hi doctor,I just got a cover pos result. I was fatigued for two weeks with a productive cough-breath. X-ray and fever are normal. I need to be quarantined for one week after that. What should I do? Retest after three weeks? Will I be positive for the rest of my life?  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. What do you mean by cover pos? Did you mean COVID-19 positive? Can you please send me your reports? I will check and let you know. No, you will not be positive for the entire life. Please tell me what symptoms do you...  Read Full »

How is the cause of breathing difficulty and blood in sputum diagnosed?

Query: Hi doctor, The patient is experiencing breathing difficulty, which relieves by inhaler, and O2 saturation is 93 to 95. The patient coughs out phlegm with blood and has no fever. He is negative for COVID-19 and TB. He has pain in the back and right arm. I want someone to reread the CT scan. He has a...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from difficulties breathing, productive cough with phlegm, and blood. Your HRCT (high resolution computed tomography) of the chest has shown a mass-like consolidati...  Read Full »

Can a runny nose, cough with phlegm, and red spots on the back be early HIV symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex two weeks ago with somebody I do not know that well. I am bunged up with a runny nose at times these two weeks, my neck hurts, and I have a cough with phlegm. There are a few red spots on my back, and now I am petrified that I have early HIV symptoms.  Read Full »


Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Community Medicine Physician, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Preventive Medicine Physician, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. These are non-specific symptoms. The transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by unprotected intercourse with an HIV positive person is low. HIV is diagnosed with tests. Go for HIV 1 and 2 RNA QN PCR at this stage and HIV antibodies t...  Read Full »

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